In freshers week last September, I met different representatives for volunteer centers in Dundee at the Campus Green outside of DUSA. Right away I felt like I wouldn’t have the time for volunteer work this year and told myself I would get back to it later. As we know time flies, I felt like the schedule filled up quickly, and so the idea of volunteering was set aside. One of my friends here did some volunteer work at a soup kitchen nearby, and after telling me about her great experiences and the nice people she met, I finally stepped up this semester. She told me that she worked at one of the local soup kitchens and really enjoyed getting to know the locals at the same time as she felt like she was helping out in some way.
If you feel like you don’t have the time, most volunteer centers let you put up your own schedule. They appreciate all the help they can get. There is a lot of different volunteer work you could engage in. With the experience you may gain some new perspectives, you can make someone’s day just a little bit better and if you’re not entirely convinced it also looks very good on your CV.
On this site, you can have a look on different volunteer jobs. As far as I know, you don’t need any experience for most of them. Volunteer work comes in all shapes and forms; helping the homeless, caring for the elderly, witness-care before trial, telephone helpline, supporting people with mental health issues etc. The soup kitchen I volunteer for is called Eagles Wings Trust and the staff is hard-working and inspiring and the visitors are all so kind. If you have any question regarding volunteering, there is a volunteer center for volunteering in Dundee on Gateway West, 7 Luna Place, Dundee DD2 1XF. The center is supposed to:
Gathering up to date information about local volunteer opportunities
Putting people in touch with organisations where they can volunteer
Providing information and advice to those who work with volunteers
Promoting and publicising the values of volunteering
If you find one that suits you, I highly recommend you showing up in person rather than filling out the form online. I tried several times to register online for volunteering last semester, but they never got back to me.
That’s all for me, but to finish up I will just share this lovely poem I found on the Eagles Wings Trust:
Those who are homeless or have an addiction are brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, friends, sons, daughters. And we treat them as such; with love, equality and respect.
Homeless people are physically hungry and emotionally hurting.
The love of Christ Jesus compells us to reach out and help those who are hurting, lost, afraid, addicted, lonley, trapped and in dispair. We fill the gap by giving hope, friendship, and support where they otherwise might not get it.
We do more than feel compassion, we put it into action!
We offer practical help and support to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless people within Dundee. We want to share the good news that Jesus Christ can set them free.